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[September 5, 2006] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Our writers highlight a handful of notable records scheduled to hit the shelves this Tuesday. Plus, check the full list of this week's releases:





Still one of the world's more successful "supergroups," Audioslave is made up of former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. Revelations, the band's third full-length, is the official follow-up to Out Of Exile, released by Interscope last year. It will be interesting to see if the band can maintain its presence on modern rock radio. ~Chris Gliddon

Band: http://audioslave.com/site.html

Label: http://www.sonymusic.com/home.html

Audio: http://myspace.com/audioslave




A few years have gone by since Beyonce became a solo sensation. Her second full-length sans Destiny's Child promises to have us shaking our collective booties once again. The disc is supposed to be an up-tempo affair free of the sappy ballads that bogged down her debut, 2003's Dangerously in Love. And from the sound of the lead single "Déjà vu," B'Day just might bring the funk back to mainstream R&B. ~Norman Mayers

Artist (streaming audio): http://www.beyonceonline.com/

Label: http://www.sonymusic.com/home.html

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/beyonce 

Alice Donut



Although mainstream success eluded these unabashed weirdos on their first go 'round, they're undaunted and back for another shot at superstardom. Okay, I'm sure they're not that naive. These New York alterna-rockers have probably reunited for the sake of resurrecting the heady days when Matt Pinfield ruled MTV and flannel was an acceptable choice for wedding attire. Most of Alice Donut's peers have mellowed since the grunge-rock boom of the early '90s, but this band has managed to retain most of the incongruity and verve that made it too bizarre for your average college-aged listener fifteen years ago. If in doubt, please recall that the man who said "Hope I die before I get old" is currently mounting a tour. Never say never. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.alicedonut.com/

Label: http://www.howlerrecords.com/

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/alicedonut 


Funnel Cloud


Hem's odds-and-ends collection from earlier this year, No Word From Tom, was worth the sticker price simply for the band's subtle yet intriguing cover of R.E.M.'s "So. Central Rain." Only a talented band can do justice to reworking a masterpiece. The same pretty sheen and languorous shine the members brought to that tune they now bring to a handful of their own on Funnel Cloud. And they're bringing along some friends. One of note: James Iha. That's right, Billy Corgan's old side ax man in the Pumpkins guests on two tunes: "The Pills Stopped Working" (hate it when that happens) and "Not California." Other appearances come courtesy of Amy Helm of Ollabelle and the Gowanus Radio Orchestra. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.hemband.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/hem

"We'll Meet Along the Way" stream  

Iron Maiden

A Matter of Life and Death


Much to its members' chagrin, Iron Maiden hasn't garnered much attention stateside since last year's tension-ridden Ozzfest found lead singer Bruce Dickinson feuding with Ozzy's puppet-master/wife, Sharon. Fear not: Eddie and company are back in the limelight with a new offering for their alarmingly rabid fans. (This, the band's fourteenth full-length, is also available in a deluxe edition that includes a DVD with interviews, rehearsal footage and videos) Some listeners (including me) may find Dickinson's lyrical fodder loathsome and his onstage jousts laughable, but even the naysayers would be hard-pressed to name a classic-rock juggernaut as unstoppable. The band's continued popularity is a testament to the number of long-haired, denim-clad dudes that still populate the Earth. (Scary, huh?) As the old Cher joke goes, after a nuclear holocaust, the only thing left will be roaches and Iron Maiden. Run to the hills, indeed. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.ironmaiden.com/

Label: http://www.sanctuaryrecords.com/ 


If Thine Enemy Hunger


Ah, the rock 'n' roll boy-girl twosome. How many different variations does it come in these days? Probably none as in-your-face as Jucifer. Check the name. Eeeevil. Check the album title. A Biblical quote. Great juxtaposition. Didn't Jesus say to feed your enemy if that's the case? Not that I'm guessing Amber Valentine (she's on guitar) and Edgar Livengood (he's on drums) take their orders from J.C. More likely they do from some dark overlord of balls-out rock. The two are married -- no "are they or aren't they?" White Stripes trickery here. They're from Athens, Georgia, where they no doubt had fun kicking the asses of that college city's more typical, quieter, Elephant 6-style bands. Jucifer is known for its killer live shows but can also bring it on record. They'll bring it and you'll love it, or else scary things might happen. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.jucifer.com/

Label: http://www.relapse.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/jucifer  

Nautical Antiques

Ace Fu

Nautical Antiques, a collection of B-sides and rarities from Pinback's early years, may be Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Robert Crow's way of trying to sate those of us who needed a little more than Goblin Cock to tide us over 'til the official follow-up to Summer in Abbadon. The songs here were recorded between 1999 and 2001 and should serve as an interesting aside for those interested in the San Diegan band's complex arrangements. ~Chris Gliddon

Band: http://www.pinback.com/

Label: http://www.acefu.com/

"Messenger" MP3

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